By Jonathan Davies
Prime Minister David Cameron has said £750 million worth of trade deals will be secured during a four-day tour to South East Asia.
Accompanied by 31 business leaders and along with a separate delegation from the north of England led by business secretary Sajid Javid, Mr Cameron says he wants to create new ties with some of the world's fastest growing economies in the area.
The Prime Minister will visit Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, having last week said the Britain needs to "go to the ends of the earth" to sells its products and services.
South East Asia is widely expected to be the world's fourth-largest single market by 2030. And growing uncertainty over the UK's relationship with Europe could place greater importance on ties with a rapidly growing Asia.
The prime minister said: "Over the next 20 years, 90% of global growth is expected to come from outside Europe, and Britain must be poised to take advantage.
"That's why I'm delighted to be taking British businesses to this vast and dynamic market, securing deals worth over £750m and creating opportunities for hard-working people back at home.
"We can also open up more markets for British businesses by leveraging the power of the EU's single market with 500 million consumers to secure bold, ambitious trade deals with these fastest, growing economies."